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Businesses may charge online tax

Legislature passes bill

May 5, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Taxing online sales leves the playing field for retailers, lawmakers and businessmen say. The West Virginia Legislature passed the bill, HB 2754, during this past regular session....

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May-06-13 12:31 PM

I know! Let's just ban internet sales altogether. That should be fair...but wait won't that cause FedEx and UPS to lose business and therefore cut jobs? I can see we are going to need a lot more laws before we get this all straightened out and most importantly "fair".

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May-06-13 12:27 PM

I just love it when the government makes things "fair". What next? The online retailers still have the advantage of less overhead. I'm sure it is cheaper to ship most products via FedEx or UPS than to maintain a retail store.

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May-05-13 10:39 AM

B&Ms should do it also. With 9600 sales tax jurisdictions in the US, accounting firms are pricing this at $1.50 or more per sale or at an initial cost of as much as $7,300 or more. Even if free, there is a cost of manpower and resources to interface this software which is not true for the Brick and Mortar stores. If this is easy, then B&Ms should do it also. They will need to ask for ID and charge sales tax based on the customer's address on every sale. It is only fair!

This is a USE TAX not sales tax A USE TAX views a state’s population as a revenue stream, while Sales Tax supports the dealer’s community where the business made the sale. If the states agree to get rid of use tax and accept that the sale takes place at the web site as they do with B&M sales, then everyone gets a fair and level playing field. States would need to compete for these internet businesses, but they will make a lot more than they do through a Marketplace fairness act. Visit TheInternetSalesTax

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May-05-13 8:14 AM

Sen. David Nohe, R-Wood, said if a company has a physical location in West Virginia it is doing business from, "then it needs to charge the sales tax," {then it doesn't need to charge the sales tax.}

There is a move in the U.S. Congress to put a sales tax on everything sold online, Nohe said.

"He is hopeful it will not pass."

Is State Senator Nohe for or against online tax? IT states in the Article "All of the delegates and senators representing Wood County voted in favor of the bill."

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